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The biggest heroes and villains in IT history have been revealed as the results of a new poll are published. Perhaps rather surprisingly, Steve Jobs is just as hated as Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is more hated than both of them. But that's just where the shock results from this particular survey start: wait until you see how people voted in the 'greatest computing hero of all time' section.

villains.jpg The poll, conducted by IT and Telecoms recruitment specialists Greythorn, asked IT professionals in the United Kingdom who they thought the most unpopular person ever in the history of IT was and the resounding conclusion was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a pretty convincing 19.4% share of the vote. Amazingly, given his recent death and hero status amongst many geeks the world over, Apple founder Steve Jobs managed to get exactly the same 14.7% of thumbs down votes as the traditional computer world hate figure of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to come joint second on the list.

Just behind them were the flamboyant Larry Ellison (co-founder of Oracle), Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter), Shaun Fanning (founder of Napster), Sir Alan Sugar (founder of Amstrad), Jerry Yang (founder of Yahoo), Pierre Omidyar (founder of eBay) and totally bafflingly Shigeru Miyamato (designer of Nintendo's Mario).

The whole list is, to be honest, rather confusing. I can understand people having a beef with the Facebook and Twitter creators over privacy issues perhaps, and the Mac vs PC wars have probably played a big part in the positioning of Jobs and Gates. But why would the founder of eBay make the most hated list, or the creator of the hugely popular Mario game for that matter?

Things are no clearer when it comes to the most loved list either. Bill Gates beat off Steve Jobs with 20.6% of the vote compares to 17.4% with Alan Turing (the father of computer science) just behind in third on 15.6%. Yet Charles Babbage (the father of the computer itself) struggled into fourth place with just a 5.5% share. villains2.jpg Perhaps the most confusing aspect of the poll results is the fact that so many of the heroes and villains turn out to be the same people. Zuckerberg is the most hated man in computing history but also ranks number 10 in the heroes list. Jobs and Gates are both in the top three of both lists, and even our friend Shigeru 'Mario' Miyamato makes both lists. Just as confusing is that there is no sign of anyone from Google on either list! Maybe what it actually reveals is how schizophrenic the British computing industry is when it comes to the love/hate relationship it has with the people whose innovations had helped create that industry in the first place.

Which just leaves us to ask the inevitable question: who is your greatest computing hero and villain.

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Davey Winder

I'm a hacker turned writer and consultant, specialising in IT security. I've been a freelance word punk for over 20 years and along the way I have seen 23 of my books published, produced and presented programmes for TV and radio, picked up a bunch of awards and continue being a contributing editor with PC Pro - the best selling IT magazine in the UK .

 
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Just like you can't have the complete knowledge of computer(Due to the accelerated development per each sec). Its impossible to find a computer world hero and villain, given how much versatile it is........

 
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Can't live with them, can't live without them

-What society feels about them and their works

 
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Women or computers? >;-)

(hiding now, in case my other half is reading...)

 
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Women or computers? >;-)

(hiding now, in case my other half is reading...)

Your half(50%)? so that proves it. You are not biased at all. LOL :D

 
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Women or computers? >;-)

(hiding now, in case my other half is reading...)

Both if you've seen enough of either ;)

 
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Your half(50%)? so that proves it. You are not biased at all. LOL :D

I think he means someone who's very close to him... probably his wife

 
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many people hate success (but only in others of course, that "hatred" is born out of jealousy and jealousy alone), yet recognise and admire it at the same time.

So they claim to hate Bill Gates and Steve Jobs while actually admiring them for what they have achieved.
Without Gates the computer would likely not have become commoditised to the degree it has been, without Jobs the handheld device market would not have matured as quickly as it has.

Facebook was neither the first nor the greatest of its kind however, hence its creator is hated more than admired. It's also a company that is far more negatively in the news currently for its treatment of personal data (privacy concerns), which is a very hot item overall in Europe (far more so than in say the US).

 
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It is true that who has been hated most by one section of people is also loved most by other section of people who are their rivals. Same story here.

 
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at least Jobs is consistent on winning the silver medal.

 
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Success lead to Jealousness, But not a point of worrying to them.

 
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Just like you can't have the complete knowledge of computer(Due to the accelerated development per each sec). Its impossible to find a computer world hero and villain, given how much versatile it is........

My hero is my motivation to become a computer programmer and engineer he is Steve Jobs. I went on studying about him for five years before his death and I realized we both have something in common with each other. When he made that video at the Standford University a year later in 2006 I got to know Steve Jobs more his story is like my own and his dream is like I can make it better for the world.

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